Milwaukee Brewers’ Potential Draft Picks: Pitching
General manager Doug Melvin and new amateur scouting director Bruce Seid will have their hands full when the First-Year Player Draft begins starting June 9th. Who each team picks is more up in the air than any other sport’s draft, but the Brewers look to be heading towards drafting a pitcher with the 26th overall pick. Here are some of their options:
*NOTE*– Pitchers Steven Strasburg, Aaron Crow, Tanner Scheppers, Shelby Miller, Rex Brothers, Zach Wheeler, Tyler Matzek, Jacob Turner, Alex White, Mike Leake, and Mike Minor are all presumed to have been taken at this point, the 26th pick, in the draft.
1. Kyle Gibson, RHP, Missouri
The Brewers have also stated that they would like a pitcher that has a little bit of experience and that is closer to Major League ready as opposed to a project. While there is a good chance Gibson is gone at this pick, he has to be on the top of the Brewers’ board of reasonable pitchers. Gibson is an extremely talented pitcher who features a fastball in the 89-93 mph range with a good changeup and developing slider. Recently Gibson has complained of forearm soreness, but if his physical clears he should be a sure-fire first round draft pick. With good size and good velocity, he is fairly close to reaching the Majors and would have to be the Brewers’ first option.
2. Garrett Richards, RHP, Oklahoma
Richards is an interesting prospect because he has all the tools to be a great big leaguer, but his results have not been great this year. He had a rough Big 12 Tournament in which he gave up ten home runs but still projects to be a late first rounder because of his potential. He throws in the high 90’s on his fastball and throws a slurve that gets very good movement. His problem is that he throws too many pitches out over the plate in the upper-half of the strike zone. The Brewers might take on this player as they have developed good pitching in the past. Richards could be a steal.
3. Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Santa Monica H.S.
Even though Skaggs is a high schooler, he has above average stuff and is further along in his progression than most high school pitchers. With a solid fastball and an above-average curveball, Skaggs is someone with a lot of potential that has already showed progress with his work. It goes against what the Brewers initially wanted to do but if they really think Skaggs can be the man down the line, they should pull the trigger on the youngster.
4. Eric Arnett, RHP, Indiana
A former basketball players, Arnett is an absolute workhorse that can pitch deep into ballgames. He really made strides this year to become a better all-around pitcher and has bumped himself into a likely first round selection. A low 90’s fastball has good placement and, with such long arms, he can hang on to it longer than most players. His slider shows a lot of promise that has an early break to it, and his changeup has shown signs of improvement. His workload has been huge this year but if he shows he can handle it, he could be an excellent pickup for the Brewers and is not far away from the majors.
5. Matthew Hobgood, RHP, Norco, CA H.S.
Hobgood is a big ol’ boy at 6’4″, 240 pounds and really knows how to throw the rock hard. With a combination of one of the best curveballs in the nation this year, combined with a hard downward fastball, Hobgood is an intruging prospect that has been catching the eye of many scouts. His changeup is a work in progress but his potential seems to be through the roof.
6. Alex Wilson, RHP, Texas A&M
After deciding not to sign with the Cubs last year despite great numbers for the Aggies, Wilson’s numbers went down this year and leaves a lot to be desired for scouts. A big red flag is that he is coming off Tommy John surgery and is a question mark to ever regain what he had last year. He has good stuff with a fastball that reaches 95 mph and a decent slurve that has good speed, but was taken out of the rotation in the middle of the year. If he can overcome the surgery and continue to work on his pitches, he could be a middle of the rotation guy.
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